News and notices

This section is collated by the BOU Office. Requests for the publication of information, and other assistance which is considered to be of interest to our readers, will be considered sympathetically. Publicity will be given to relevant grants and awards that can be applied for and to new societies operating within the field of ornithology, birds and birding. Details of conferences, meetings and other events will be included if sent at least six months in advance of the event, and news of members’ activities is particularly welcome. All contributions are restricted to 500 words, and should be sent by email to:

Deadlines for contributions: 15 September (January issue); 15 December (April issue); 15 March (July issue); 15 June (October issue).

Avian Recovery Programmes

BOU Autumn Scientific Meeting

23 November 2011, Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough.

Species recovery is the process by which the conservation community takes a species with an adverse conservation status and takes action to ensure it enjoys a more favourable conservation status. This process can be relatively simple, but sometimes it can be extremely difficult. The principles underlying species recovery remain constant between species, although the delivery mechanisms may vary widely. This conference will examine the discipline of species recovery, and emphasize the central role of research and monitoring. It will also, by way of a series of case studies, explore the range of different delivery mechanisms and tools available to conservationists.

The challenges facing the natural world are growing daily. More and more species are in decline. The conference will attempt to address the following questions:

  •  Is a species-based approach to conservation still valid in the 21st century. How does such an approach fit in with new thinking on landscape-scale and ecosystem approaches?
  •  Which delivery mechanisms might prove most useful in tackling the challenges posed by our changing climate?
  •  If the number of species in an adverse conservation status continues to increase, which should we tackle first? How can we ensure that we deliver the best possible outcome in terms of the number of species we can help given existing resource limitations?

Further details can be found on the BOU website,

Ecosystem services and birds: Do we need birds?

BOU Annual Conference 2012

University of Leicester, 3–5 April 2012

See the BOU website,, for full details.

BOU Council changes

At the BOU’s AGM held at the University of Leicester on 6 April 2011, Jenny Gill was elected President to replace Alistair Dawson, Graham Martin was elected Vice President to replace Rob Fuller, Niall Burton was elected as an Ordinary Member of Council, replacing Richard Bradbury as Chairman of the BOU’s Meetings Committee, and Stuart Butchart was elected as an Ordinary Member of Council, replacing Tim Birkhead.

Council would like to thank outgoing members for their efforts during their respective terms of office. A warm welcome to our new members.

BOU Annual Report and Annual Accounts for 2010

The 2010 annual report of Council and annual accounts for 2010 were approved at the BOU’s AGM on 6 April 2011 and is now available online via or you can request a copy by contacting the BOU Office.

BOU Ornithological Research Grants

Annually, the BOU supports ornithological research projects around the world. We welcome applications from all continents. Further details can be found at

The following grants have been awarded for 2011:

Báldi, András (Hungary), £1010. Wintering farmland bird assemblages in western Hungary.

Burgess, Malcolm (UK), £1000. Migration behaviour and winter distribution of a declining long-distance migrant: the Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca.

Fuchs, Jerome (USA), £500. Phylogeography of the Black Harrier Circus maurus.

Gsell, Anna (New Zealand), £2000. Is the strong smell of Kakapo Strigops habroptila an honest signal for mate choice?

Ludynia, Katrin (South Africa), £1100. Winter migration of Cape Gannets Morus Capensis from Namibia.

Paiva, Vitor Hugo Rodrigues (Portugal), £2000. Feeding ecology and at-sea movements of Macaronesian Shearwaters Puffinus baroli in the North Atlantic.

Ruiz, Juan Rodriguez (Spain), £1477. Migratory routes and wintering areas of the European Roller Coracias garrulus.

Shaw, Phil (UK), £845. Detecting change in the habitat and status of Hinde’s Babbler Turdoides hindei: 2001–2011.

Applications for the 2011 round of awards were up 400% on an average year. Competition was therefore much higher than usual. Expecting applications to remain high in future years we will be revising our guidelines for the 2012 round of awards to help both applicants and the Grants Committee’s review process.

The deadline for applications for projects commencing/running from March 2012 is 30 November 2011. For further details contact the BOU at

For details of previous years’ awards, and reports from many of the projects supported by the BOU, please see: This also gives details on grants available from other ornithological organizations.

BOU Career Development Bursaries

This is a new scheme aimed at developing the skills of young researchers. BOU Council allocated £10 000 with the maximum award available being £2500. Further details for future years' awards at

The following bursaries have been awarded for 2011:

Kennedy, Jonathan (unaffiliated, recently completed MSc at Imperial College), £2500. Analysis of ecological diversification among Himalayan birds. Supervisor: Trevor Price (University of Chigaco).

Moreno Carrillo, Rocío (PhD student, University of Barcelona), £2500. Diet flexibility and likely vulnerability of Antarctic seabirds to long-term krill decline. Supervisor: Richard Philips (British Antarctic Survey).

Radersma, Reinder (PhD student, Groningen University), £2500. Sex allocation and sibling interactions in birds. Supervisor: Ben Sheldon (University of Oxford).

Kerr, Chantelle (MSc student, Durham University), £2500. Simulating the changing population and range of UK birds 1970–2010. Supervisor: Stephen Willis (Durham University).

The deadline for awards for projects running from April 2012 is 30 November 2011. Guidelines and applications are available at - BOU Proceedings

The BOU regularly publishes proceedings from our conferences as free-to-view online publications. These can be found at

BOU websites

In addition to the website above, the BOU operates three other websites: for general information on BOU conferences, publications, the British List and other Union activities;, which is dedicated to the BOU’s journal of international avian science, Ibis, with direct access to the online version of Ibis, and, which provides information on not only grants from the BOU but also grants offered by other ornithological organizations.

BOU online store

The BOU website ( features secure online payment for BOU books (Checklist series, etc.), conference bookings and membership (including renewals).

Other meetings and conferences

4th International Sea Duck Conference

Alaska, 12–16 September 2011

For further details visit

IX Congress of Neotropical Ornithology

Peru, 8–14 November 2011

For further details visit

British Ornithologists’ Club Meetings

BOU members are always welcome to attend Club meetings held at the Sherfield Building of Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. For 2011 the evening format has changed with a free lecture (open to anyone) from 6.00 pm which will be followed by a light buffet (for those who have booked and paid for this in advance) at 7.30 pm. Further information on dates, speakers and how to book for the buffet can be found on the BOC website at

Special offer – Robert Gillmor Sacred Ibis print

You can still purchase one of 55 limited editions of this striking linocut print, of the new Ibis cover. Each print will be numbered and signed by Robert. The prints (unframed) cost £275.00 each and this includes UK postage and packing. To order your print, or enquire about overseas postage costs, please visit the BOU website, or contact Angela Langford (; +44 (0)7876 437 370).